The Legend of the Swordsman

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The Legend of the Swordsman Review


A decade before Crouching Tiger, Jet Li was flying and spinning impossibly in this ninja/kung fu/sorcerer kinda story. Although it has none of the production values of the movies it inspired, The Legend of the Swordsman (actually a sequel to an earlier film, made with an entirely different cast) is often entertaining, though equally often is tiresome.

Li stars as Ling Wei, a member of a religious sect trying to get out of the world of violence. Of course, the sect stumbles upon a war and find themselves embroiled in it, replete with supernatural battles and high-flying choreography.

The actual plot is a total throwaway -- a mere excuse to get Jet into battle -- whether that's flying through the air in a corkscrew spin or travelling underground with his sword in the air like a shark fin. Wow, this guy has some moves, and when he explodes out of a tree, well, we might not believe it for a second, but it sure is interesting.

Not so for the grandiose yet ultimately stupid story, of course. The Legend of the Swordsman is eye candy for the sword-happy freak in you, and nothing more.

Aka Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai.



The Legend of the Swordsman

Facts and Figures

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Friday 26th June 1992

Budget: $4.4M

Distributed by: Republic Pictures Home Video

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Siu-Tung Ching

Producer:

Starring: as Asia the Invincible (Dong Fang Bu Bai), as Ling Wu Chung, as Ren Ying Ying, as Kiddo, as Hattori, Candice Yu On-On as Cici, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying as Blue Phoenix, Lau Shun as Zen, Yen Shi-Kwan as Wu, Chin Ka-Lok as Chimp

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